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T-Shirt Quilt and Directions

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A t-shirt quilt story and directions to make your own quilt.

There is a dresser drawer or closet filled with old t-shirts. It is time to get rid of and make room for shopping for those after Independence day sales. Maybe you just think it is is just time to clean nevertheless, you really don't want to spend the those shirts in the end these years. Like pictures, t-shirts hold memories of the time when...


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So what can be done with the put on the floor of the multiple sizes and colors of old t-shirts from either your children's days playing soccer or little league? Think about your old college shirts or ones saved from high school graduation activities. Those must mean something or they still wouldn't be in the back of your closest.

As an alternative to tossing all of these great memories, saved for so long, turn them into a t-shirt quilt.

I done a t-shirt quilt for a friend, whose son died a few years ago. T-shirts are not only memories description of how the are gifts of times shared that can don't be returned.

Her son seemed to be a student in my classroom, my years back. As I cut, iron, sew, and quilt memories of an young man flood back to make me smile. Since the quilter, I am pleased to have the opportunity employ my talents so the family will be able to snuggle within the quilt made with the days of joys and peace using their son.

Old shirts transformed into a t-shirt quilt could be a lifetime of memories.

Below are a few pointers to follow when generating your t-shirt quilt:

The instructions are based on a 15" finished square T-shirt block. The quilt will ultimately have the same sized quilt block with fabric sashing relating to the shirt/ blocks and a fabric border.

First, check your entire tee shirts to make sure that the designs will fit into a 15" square. Sizes: all sizes include 1 1/2" sashing plus a 2" border and are based on a 14 1/2" finished t-shirt block. When the shirts are small compared to the above mentioned size, sewing shirts together can take shape one block.

12 shirts is likely to make a throw-size quilt, approx. 48" x 64" - 3 across x 4 down.
20 shirts will make a twin size quilt, approx. 64" x 82" - 4 across x 5 down
30 shirts can make a full size quilt, approx. 82" x 96" - 5 across x 6 down.
36 shirts will make a queen size quilt, approx. 96" x 96" - 6 across x 6 down.
42 shirts can make a king size quilt, approx 110" x 96" - 7 across x 6 down.

Step 1 - Select Shirts - Guarantee the shirts are and also not stained.

Step two - Fusible Interfacing - Each shirt has to be backed with non-woven fusible interfacing to avoid it from stretching. Purchase heavyweight fusible Pellon iron-on interfacing. High quality permits less stretching in the t-shirts. Buy enough for 17" per shirt. Iron on first before cutting the shirts for the required square size.

3 - Fabric for Sashing/Border/Binding - Sashing strips form an ornamental grid between each T-shirt block. Plan on 2" sashing strips (1 1/2" when finished) involving the blocks, 2 1/2" strips (2" when finished) for your border, and additional fabric for your binding.

Step 4 - Cutting Shirts - Separate the front of the shirt from your back. Make sure the kit is smooth, iron as appropriate. You want your shirt side to be larger than 15 inches square - ideally larger than 17 inches to adjust to the interfacing. After you apply the interfacing you will cut the shirt square on the desired size. (Mentioned in Step two)

Step 5 - Fusing - Cut interfacing to a 17" square. Don't piece the interfacing, it is going to show through. Position the interfacing using the resin side upon the wrong side of the t-shirt, trying to center the style as much as possible. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for fusing to the back of each T-shirt. Utilize a press cloth so that you don't get any glue on your iron. Beware of wrinkles - once cool they don't come out!

Step 6 - Cutting the Squares - Square up each fused shirt to 15". Ensure you center the design and lettering - measure twice - cut once! Bear in mind when cutting the design that a 1/4 seam allowance is necessary as you plan your design space.

Step 7 - Arranging - Set down squares on the floor or on the bed and arrange. Alternate light/dark, busy/not so busy. Ensure that the blocks can be read in the desired direction and they are all going in the same direction. Seriously consider repeat pattern and words in order that these and and not colors do not result in the same row or column.

Step 8 - Completing the Quilt Top - add sashing - Sashing strips will be the horizontal and vertical strips between blocks. The horizontal strips should measure 15" in size x 2" wide. Cut enough sashing strips to add to all the t-shirts except the underside row. Sew horizontal strips to the bottom of each block, except the blocks towards the bottom row. Sew blocks together to create columns. To keep the quilt straight, use posts at the corners of the block and relating to the sashing strips. Using a contrasting color tends to make a "pop" in this post design.

Step 9 - Sew the sashing strips onto each block, first. Make certain that first and last block of each and every row has a sashing strip on each end. Now sew the strips for between the rows of the blocks together adding the posts between your strips. Include one strip for each block. There should be a strip between each row of blocks along with above and under the blocks to form area of the border. The side border will be made automatically while you complete the rows.